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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 94

Mixed Run: 6-Size and 8-Size Examples Confirmed

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 2160851
Grade: 94
Model: 1
Class: 52
Estimated Production Year: 1887
Run Quantity: 20,000
Grade/Model Run: 1 of 44
Total Production: 188,000
Size: 6s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: Mixed Size Run 6s/8s. #2169032, #2168691, #2160851, and #2175823 Verified as 6-Size. #2164917 Verified as 8-Size. Movements later in run are more likely to be 6-Size.
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Verifications & Observations

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  • November 12, 2019:
    Serial Number 2160851 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 2163947 was reported as accurate
  • October 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 2175967 was reported as accurate
  • August 30, 2019:
    Serial Number 2173755 was reported as accurate
  • June 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 2164541 was reported as accurate
  • May 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 2172772 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 2175638 was reported as accurate
  • March 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 2174739 was reported as accurate
  • March 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 2174739 was reported as accurate
  • July 31, 2018:
    Serial Number 2162141 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 2165432 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 2165432 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 2177499 was reported as accurate
  • September 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 2163871 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Photo of movement shows "15 Jewels" engraved on
    it.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. Elgin Grade 94 is exclusively 11 jewels. Occasionally, watches will be found with an after-market stamping indicating an incorrect jewel count. If you upload a photo of the movement to your collection, I would be happy to verify.
  • September 23, 2017:
    Serial Number 2163871 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2017:
    Serial Number 2169739 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2017:
    Serial Number 2166772 was reported as accurate
  • July 15, 2017:
    Serial Number 2177338 was reported as accurate
  • June 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 2164389 was reported as accurate
  • April 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 2160676 was reported as accurate
  • February 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 2161821 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Size changed from 8 to 6
  • February 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 2161821 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Size changed from 8 to 6
  • January 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 2176559 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Size changed from 8 to 6
  • September 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 2170349 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Size changed from 8 to 6
  • June 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 2169456 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: it is a 6s not an 8s
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Size changed from 8 to 6
  • January 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 2174060 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 2178306 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 2163106 was reported as accurate
  • June 12, 2015:
    Serial Number 2166021 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Elgin ss # 2166021 is an 8s, 11j,HC NOTE: this
    grade 94 is inaccurate size shown, these digital
    mic out at 34.6mm backside gr 94 = 8s size, NOTE,
    this movement is not a 6s takes a rare size 8s
    Hunter case, very limited qnty exist.
  • March 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 2177911 was reported as accurate
  • October 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 2173110 was reported as accurate
  • June 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 2170416 was reported as accurate
  • May 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 2167146 was reported as accurate
  • March 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 2164435 was reported as accurate
  • February 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 2169309 was reported as accurate
  • October 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 2162701 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 2166428 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 2175220 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 2179291 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 2173110 was reported as accurate
  • June 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 2168344 was reported as accurate
  • May 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 2160493 was reported as accurate
  • March 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 2170223 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 2161940 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2012:
    Serial Number 2160137 was reported as accurate
  • August 31, 2012:
    Serial Number 2165270 was reported as accurate
  • August 31, 2012:
    Serial Number 2176143 was reported as accurate
  • August 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 2167675 was reported as accurate
  • May 26, 2012:
    Serial Number 2166824 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: movement setting is pendant set
  • May 26, 2012:
    Serial Number 2166824 was reported as accurate
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